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Game of the Week: Catholic at West

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The USA Today High School Sports Game of the Week features a District 4-AAA match-up between West and Catholic.

The Rebels (5-2, 2-2) were the favorite to grab the district runner-up spot until they were knocked off last week by Lenoir City. After the loss, West dropped from No. 2 in the AP 5A rankings down to the No. 5 spot. They sit in fourth place in the district behind Lenoir City, Bearden and Maryville.

Catholic (3-4, 1-3) is battling for a playoff spot. The Fighting Irish have lost three straight games (Webb, Lenoir City, and Maryville) while trudging through the toughest part of their schedule.

The Irish will need wins in at least two of their final three games to have a chance at a playoff spot. Catholic is currently 35th in the TSSAA 5A playoff rankings. The top 32 teams make the playoffs. A home game against Heritage and a trip to Bearden remain on the Catholic schedule after tonight's game.

West won last year's meeting with Catholic, 34-14.

Another 4-AAA game, Bearden at Heritage, can be seen on cable channel 10News2. Bearden is coming off a huge triple overtime win over rival Farragut.

There are several other important games on tonight's slate. Fulton and Carter are tied atop the District 3-AA standings at 4-0 and will meet tonight in Strawberry Plains.

Fulton (6-1, 4-0) is ranked third in the AP 4A poll and has run roughshod through its schedule. Other than a one-point loss at West, the Falcons have demolished every team in their path.

In their six wins, the Falcons have allowed an average of only five points per game. Fulton features a dynamic run game with speedy backs Daryl Rollins and Xavier Hawkins. Rollins broke the school record with 348 rushing yards in the win over Gibbs.

Fulton proved they can air it out too when quarterback Penny Smith threw for 200 yards and four touchdowns last week against Gatlinburg-Pittman.

Carter (5-3, 4-0) has recovered from a shutout at the hands of South-Doyle with wins over Pigeon Forge (34-0) and Gibbs (20-14).

The top teams in District 4-A, Coalfield and Oneida, will also meet on the field tonight.

Coalfield (7-0, 4-0) has not been challenged much this season. The Yellow Jackets, ranked No. 5 in 1A, have won their seven games by an average margin of 36.6 points.

The lone blemish on Oneida's record (6-1, 3-0) came in the first game of the season against 1A No. 4 Greenback. The Indians hold the No. 5 spot in the 2A AP poll and have the home field advantage tonight.

Coalfield took down Oneida last year, 41-6.

For tonight's scoreboard, click here.

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